Latest update: All 189 passengers presumed dead in recent Indonesia aircraft crash.
All 189 people on board a passenger jet that crashed into the sea off Indonesia are all presumed dead in what is set to become one of the worst aviation disasters in the country’s history today.
The Lion Air flight between Jakarta and an island off Sumatra with the passenger jet having lost a contact just 13 minutes after take-off.
Indonesian officials have recovered some of the passenger’s body parts from the scene of the crash, in addition to mobile phones ID cards, bags, mangled and other belongings.
The Lion Air flight with 189 people on board crashed into the sea just few minutes after taking off from Indonesia’s capital state. Among all the people on-board were crew, one baby, two children, and around other 20 members of staffs from the Indonesian finance ministry.
The search officials have also retrieved pieces of the aircraft, although the main body of the plane has not yet been found and they are not expecting any of those on board to have survived.
Bambang Suryo Aji the Operation director told reporters: “My prediction is that nobody survived the crash because all the victims that we found, almost all their bodies were no longer intact. And it’s been hours that we have been searching yet we have not found anything, so it is likely all the 189 passengers have died says the Operation Director.”
Some of those on board were crew, an Italian national, one baby, two children, and around 20 members of staff from the Indonesian finance ministry, but so far only one of the pilots has been named.
The Indian Embassy named one of them as Indian citizen Bhavye Suneja, whose parents are on route to Indonesia from home in New Delhi.He and his co-pilot had 11,000 flying hours between them.
Lion Air chief executive Edward Sirait also said that the plane involved in the crash had similarly experienced a “technical Issues” on a previous flight, but it was said it had been resolved “according to procedure given “.
And he also did not specify what the issue was and the airline insisted that the plane was airworthy when the Flight took off from Jakarta at 6.20am, bound for Pangkal Pinang, on the island of Bangka, about 1hour later.
But the Boeing 737-800 was cleared to return to its departure airport after making a request just two or three minutes after take-off, before the crew of a tug boat nearby told authorities they saw it falling from the sky.
The spokesperson Yusuf Latif, for the search and rescue agency also said that it crashed into the Sea “about 40 to 30 meters deep down “.
Relatives of the passengers gathered at the Pangkal Pinang Airport and the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency headquarters in the capital all waiting and hoping for good news, but they have been told that it is likely all those on board where all dead.
Feni, said her sister who was about to get married was also on the flight and that she has been planning to meet the relative and to tell them the good news about the wedding in Pangkal Pinang.
She also said: “We have been here since yesterday to find any information about my younger sister, her Husband to be, her in-laws and friends are gather here for good news.
“We still have not gotten any information. No has one provided us with any information that we needed. We’re all confused. We all and pray that our family is still alive.”
300 people, including soldiers, police, divers and fishermen are involved in the ongoing search, which is expected to last for at least seven days.
Following the crash on Monday, the Australian government announced on its website that its officials and contractors would no longer use the airline.
The European Commission said it had no immediate plans to ban Lion Air again, as there “have been no indications that the safety levels at Lion Air or the safety oversight in Indonesia” were deteriorating.
If fears that all 189 people on board the Lion Air flight are well-placed, it would make it the deadliest air accident of the year so far – and the second most devastating plane crash in Indonesia’s history.
The worst was in 1997, when 234 people were killed in an Airbus A-300B4 crash. The plane – operated by Garuda Indonesia – went down in a smog-shrouded ravine in North Sumatra.
In 2014, an AirAsia plane plunged into the Java Sea during a storm, killing 162 people. It was flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore at the time.
Nine years prior, a Mandala Airlines domestic flight crashed into a densely populated suburb in Medan. Passengers, crew and people on the ground made up the 150 people who died.
Other major accidents include an Adam Air plane that went down off the island of Sulawesi on New Year’s Day in 2007, killing all 102 people on-board.
Indonesian authorities said the pilots lost control after becoming preoccupied with malfunctioning navigational equipment.